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Ch 45: NES ELA: Analytical Writing Strategies

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The engaging lessons in this chapter can help you study for the NES English Language Arts assessment. Refresh your knowledge of analytical writing strategies by exploring the thesis statement, idea categorization, topic introductions and more.

NES ELA: Analytical Writing Strategies - Chapter Summary

You can use this chapter to ensure you're ready to address analytical writing strategies on the NES English Language Arts assessment. After watching the lessons, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Write an analytical essay and thesis statement
  • Use a summary preview to introduce a topic clearly
  • Organize and categorize ideas, concepts and information
  • Define transition sentences and analyze new criticism in literature
  • Analyze and interpret an article, speech, diary and letter
  • Make text-to-text connections between written works

The lessons can be viewed anytime, day or night, and can be revisited as often as you wish until you're comfortable that you have absorbed the materials. If you need additional clarity after reviewing the lessons, submit your questions to our experts.

NES ELA: Analytical Writing Strategies Chapter Objectives

The NES English Language Arts assessment is designed to ensure educators across the nation are prepared to secure certification needed to teach ELA to secondary-level students. It consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and is taken on a computer. Topics covered in this chapter are found in the modes of writing content domain, which constitutes about 23% of the total test. Succeeding in this domain can increase your chances of earning a minimum passing score of 220 on the exam (236 in Oregon).

The resources in this chapter can give you quality insight into analytical writing strategies. Watch the video lessons to brush up on this subject area or review the lesson transcripts with easily identifiable vocabulary words to boost your comprehension. Self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam are also available to reinforce concepts learned in the lessons.

11 Lessons in Chapter 45: NES ELA: Analytical Writing Strategies
Writing an Analytical Essay: Example & Structure

1. Writing an Analytical Essay: Example & Structure

Since analysis is one of the cornerstones of critical thought, the analytical essay is a frequent, often demanding, and potentially inspiring assignment for students. Explore an example and popular structures in this lesson.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

2. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

3. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.

Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

4. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!

Transition Statements: Definition & Examples

5. Transition Statements: Definition & Examples

Transition statements are a sort of signal. They are words, phrases, or sentences that connect one topic or idea to another in a paper or essay in a smooth, coherent way. They essentially let your reader know that you about to change directions.

New Criticism in Literature: Definition & Examples

6. New Criticism in Literature: Definition & Examples

New Criticism is one of several ways of looking at and analyzing literature. In this lesson, find out what it is, go through some examples of reading with a New Critic's eye, and take a quiz to check your understanding.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

7. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

8. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

Reading someone's diary seems like a slightly scandalous thing to do, but published diaries can be analyzed, interpreted, and used as research materials. In this lesson, we'll look at how to read a diary in this way.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

10. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

11. Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

In this lesson, we will discuss connecting different writings to each other by learning about the authors, examining the literary elements, and reflecting on the writings.

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